15-year-old girl fatally shot by police in Ohio

Columbus police on scene of an officer-involved shooting on Tuesday

On Tuesday, a police officer with the Columbus Police Department (CPD), Ohio, shot a black girl, identified in the media as Makiyah Bryant, four times, after she, according to her aunt, called the police over someone abusing her in her home. The decision to swiftly release the video was a departure from protocol as the force faces vast scrutiny from the public following a series of recent high-profile police killings that have led to clashes. The video then shows what appears to be a kitchen knife lying on pavement near the teenager.

The teen was not identified by police as they reach out to notify relatives. The 911 caller reported a female was trying to stab them before hanging up, according to the Dispatch. One family member said she was 15, while another said she was 16. Ginther added that police were wearing bodycams, and they are working to review it "as soon as possible".

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther tweeted Tuesday evening, asking that residents "remain calm and allow BCI to gather the facts". While others signified the victim's age by yelling, "she was just a kid!" Officers pushed back protesters and threatened to use pepper spray on the protesters.

The shooting struck a raw nerve as Chauvin's trial for the death of George Floyd came to an end and leaders ranging from the Minnesota Attorney General to President Biden emphasized the need for broader police reform and restored trust between law enforcement and their communities.

Last week, Columbus police shot and killed a man who was in a hospital emergency room with a gun on him.

Officials say a 15-year-old girl was shot by a Columbus police officer on Tuesday

The incident, sparking street protests in Ohio's largest city, came as the nation was focused on the guilty verdict a Minneapolis jury returned against a white former Minneapolis police officer charged with murdering George Floyd past year by kneeling on his neck. Officials are continuing an investigation into that shooting.

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"The neighborhood has definitely went through its changes, but nothing like this", Shepherd said of the shooting. "But this is the worst thing that has ever happened out here and unfortunately it is at the hands of police". Malissa Thomas-St. Clair described how just hours earlier she was cheering about the guilty verdict brought in the Derek Chauvin case, only to have it be "brought down in the blink of an eye" with this newest officer involved shooting. "She could be my grandchild", said Ned Pettus, the Columbus director of public safety.

"We were happy about the verdict".

"I say you never call the police for anything, you call your daddy", Graham said.



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